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Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage: Killswitch Engage [reissue]Killswitch Engage [reissue] (2005)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: tenwestchasertenwestchaser
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It goes without saying that the current state of American metal is more than diluted with by-the-numbers metal bands trying to the ride the wave to financial success. What's worse, and even more disheartening, is the fact that many of the bands who pioneered this trend of "metalcore" are remaining j.
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It goes without saying that the current state of American metal is more than diluted with by-the-numbers metal bands trying to the ride the wave to financial success. What's worse, and even more disheartening, is the fact that many of the bands who pioneered this trend of "metalcore" are remaining just as stagnant as their trendy protégé. With losing their original vocalist and lyricist Jesse Leach, and subsequently all credibility along with, Killswitch Engage is no exception. Not only have they stuck to the status quo musically, but the band doesn't seem to mind taking several more steps backwards thanks to their vomit-inducing lyrical abominations courtesy of Leach's cheeseball replacement, Howard Jones. Those who have been keeping track, however, remember better times since passed.

Let's rewind to around the turn of the century. Nü-metal was, finally, crawling on its belly and bands like Shadows Fall, Unearth and Killswitch Engage were blazing the heavy music trail with what was being called the new wave of American metal. With a no-gimmicks approach to blending hardcore with traditional thrash metal it was no surprise that such bands were a breath of fresh air. Killswitch Engage's pioneering contribution came in the form of this, their 2000 self-titled release.

With that out of the way, I am finally making it to the actual review. Sorry, dear ADD reader, but I felt it important. This is not exactly the previously mentioned debut but a remastered version thanks to the band's own Adam Dutkiewicz that was released in 2005. While this newly beefed up production helps in most regards, I feel that they still did not get it 100% right. The guitars are certainly pushed to the maximum here but to the sacrifice of the cymbal work. Remember the original recording where the cymbals, especially ride, were maybe a little loud? Well, I think Dutkiewicz overcompensated here with songs like "Rusted Embrace" really losing some of its original charm. Some of the softer and spoken vocals now seem a little out of place as well, sometimes having that big echo-filled room effect that was not present in the original release.

That being said, this is not a terrible reissue. It is not bogged down with useless live versions and a "re-master" that simply had the volume of the original mix turned up. Dutkiewicz certainly tried his best here to match the perfect production of the band's followup, Alive or Just Breathing. Most importantly, however, is the fact that he kept the original vocal track by Leach instead of ruining it with a new one by Howard Jones. Another nice touch is the inclusion of the band's only other earlier release: their 1999 four-song demo.

I would recommend picking this up if you are both as infatuated with the band's early work as I am and simultaneously disgusted with what they have allowed themselves to become. It's a fresh listen that took me back to the days of a pre-scenester and simultaneously redneck-filled fanbase where Adam D. and his unfunny antics were hidden behind the drum kit where he clearly belongs. Just remember that this is still the breathtaking album it was and always will be even if the production is still not 100% perfect.


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maxethunders (April 26, 2008)

hoooooooooollllyyyyyy diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

tenwestchaser (April 23, 2008)

Read again, I never called Unearth numetal. Far from it. I'm saying they were one of the "metalcore" pioneers like KSE and Shadows Fall. I was simply saying that the rap/metal or numetal nonsense was coming to an end at that time. So yeah.....and of course Unearth owns. Still does. Unlike this, now, sorry excuse for a band.

Furthermore, Howard Jones did not do anything to me personally except write shitty lyrics and perpetuate this bands mediocrity. They really could be doing much better things than they are at currently.

SilentStorms (April 23, 2008)

Dude, isn't Unearth Hardcore/Metal? I thought NuMetal was shit like Limp Bizkit, Disturbed, Linkin Park and Slipknot. Fuck that shit. But do not fuck Unearth ... cuz they fucked you first!

Score is for the real NuMetal!

alex_pastepunk (April 22, 2008)

Whoa there, chief, did Howard Jones insult yo mama or something?

Cause, let's be honest, she's so stupid that she thought a quarterback was a refund...

sugarfull (April 21, 2008)

that's actually pretty fucking disgusting.

LeightonESmith (April 21, 2008)

adam is a funny fucker.
he was talking about sniffing the crotches of every 16 year old girl in the crowd
killswitch is still a great band doing good things for metal.
i'm sad jesse left but the old days are past

holy_balls (April 21, 2008)

My dorky cousin likes this band. So therefore I will never listen to them,

sugarfull (April 20, 2008)

elephantdwarf is totally right. Maybe I'll put up an Overcast review.

strickland (April 20, 2008)

no no, this is good shit! Spot on review.

branden (April 19, 2008)


nocigar (April 19, 2008)

what the hell...you gave this garbage a 9???

elephantdwarf (April 19, 2008)

fuck every band the dudes from Overcast are/were in after Overcast. Overcast was the shit. this = shit.

wallofyouth (April 19, 2008)

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